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Friday, August 24, 2012

The outside facade of 174 Grand Street, a Passive House in Williamsburg, New York (Courtesy of Loading Dock 5)

On today’s show: our resident gardening expert Gerard Lordahl offers tips on how to keep your plants in good shape through the end of summer—and how to prepare your garden for the fall. Robert Anasi talks about the transformation of Williamsburg from a Brooklyn backwater to the epicenter of manufactured coolness. We’ll discuss a new documentary about the lives of four teenaged girls who were adopted as infants from China and grew up in different parts of the United States. Plus our latest Please Explain is all about spiders!

Growing Green with Gerard Lordahl

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, talks about late-summer gardening and answers questions about tending to your plants, planting new seeds, and keeping gardens green and growing into the fall.

If you have a question for Gerard, call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a question as a comment, below!


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Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Robert Anasi gives a firsthand account of the swift transformation of Williamsburg from factory backwater to artists’ district to a trendy destination synonymous with hipster culture. His book The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a celebration of the dream of bohemia, a lament for what Williamsburg has become, and a cautionary tale about the transformations of city neighborhoods throughout the United States.

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"Somewhere Between"

Linda Knowlton talks about directing the documentary “Somewhere Between,” a profile of Chinese adoptees in contemporary America. She’s joined by Hayley Butler and Fang "Jenni" Lee, two of the four teenagers featured in the film. Attempting to answer the question, “Who am I?” the girls meet other adoptees, some travel to China, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. “Somewhere Between” opens August 24 at The IFC Center.

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Please Explain: Spiders

This week we'll take a look at the creepy crawly world of spiders. Dr. Norm Platnick, curator emeritus in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and Hazel Davies, Associate Director of Living Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, talk about spiders, which are among the most versatile animals on the planet—they're able to inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. There's an exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History called "Spiders Alive!" It's on view through December 2.

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